In re de Beaujeu’s Application: ChD 1949

Publication of the content of wardship proceedings, against the direction of the judge prohibiting publication, was a contempt of court. Wynn-Parry J said: ‘In my judgment in proceedings involving wards of court the judge has a complete discretion to allow or forbid publication of the proceedings or any order made therein. In the absence of any special direction, I am of opinion that prima facie it would be a contempt of court to publish an account of proceedings relating to an infant conducted in chambers without the express permission of the judge who heard the case.’


Wynn-Parry J


[1949] 1 All ER 439, [1949] Ch 230

Cited by:

CitedKent County Council v The Mother, The Father, B (By Her Children’s Guardian); Re B (A Child) (Disclosure) FD 19-Mar-2004
The council had taken the applicant’s children into care alleging that the mother had harmed them. In the light of the subsequent cases casting doubt on such findings, the mother sought the return of her children. She applied now that the hearings . .
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Children, Media

Updated: 16 May 2022; Ref: scu.194847